Many people were surprised by Kanye West’s contribution at DMX’s memorial service last month. Despite some rumors about his presence, he was not confirmed as an official guest for the celebration, and even if he was, he and the Sunday Service Choir were not expected to provide music. That’s exactly what happened, and it turned out to be a fantastic way to honor DMX as West, with the choir performing songs like “Ultralight Beam” and “Keep On Movin'” by Soul II Soul. Swizz Beatz discussed West’s participation in the service during a recent interview with Hot 97.
“It was a very genuine act of love and support from Ye,” Swizz said. “You know, it wasn’t too much talking, it wasn’t no negotiating. X showed up to his Sunday Service and was a big fan of it so I knew that this was something X would want to do, and Kanye was more than happy to facilitate his expertise and his choir. Shout out to the entire Sunday Service.” He added, “It was last minute… people didn’t know what we were dealing with behind the scenes.”
Swizz’s reference to DMX’s attendance at the West-led Sunday Service dates back to May 17, 2019, less than two months after his release from jail.